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Internationally Educated Professionals

The Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) is committed to providing fair, transparent and accessible registration and certification processes for internationally educated human resources professionals (HR IEPs).

Gaining the CHRP or CHRL designation can help prepare HR IEPs for the realities of the Ontario labour market.

There are three requirements that must be me to earn the CHRP:

  • Membership in HRPA (must be a member in good standing to write the exam)
  • Coursework requirement
  • Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (must meet the coursework requirement before writing the exam)

As of Spring 2016, a Job Ready must also be successfully completed, and as of Summer 2016, an HR law exam must also be successfully completed. Members with the CHRP designation must maintain their membership in HRPA and must meet the ongoing continuing professional development (CPD) requirement in order to maintain the designation. Learn more about the CHRP

There are five requirements that must be met in order to earn the CHRL designation: 

  • Membership in HRPA (must be a member in good standing to write the exam or have experience assessed)
  • Coursework requirement
  • Comprehensive Knowledge Exam (must meet the coursework requirement before writing the exam)
  • Experience requirement
  • Degree requirement

Learn more about the CHRL

Please note: updates related to the new certification framework means that the requirements for the CHRL designation will be added to over the next 3-5 years.  Depending on when you complete the coursework requirement, write the exam or submit your Validation of Experience, additional requirements may apply. Please consult our implementation timetable for the timing and implementation of the upgraded CHRL requirements.







> More information about the updated Certification Framework including FAQs​​

The Alternate Route

HRPA has developed an Alternate Route program in which international HR experience at a professional level, alone or in combination with formal training, coursework, and/or other relevant designations, is assessed as an alternative way to meet the coursework requirement. The Alternate Route uses a points-based system that recognizes professional level HR experience, formal training, coursework and other HR designations. Candidates must obtain 50 points to pass the application to qualify to be eligible to write the Comprehensive Knowledge Exam. 

Other support for HR IEPs

In order to help HR IEPs understand the process for earning the CHRP and CHRL, HRPA has developed the Certification Guide for Internationally Educated Professionals (PDF).

In addition, HR IEPs should know:

  • The experience requirement for the CHRL can be met entirely with professional level HR experience from outside Ontario
  • The degree requirement can be met with a degree from outside Ontario (international degrees must be assessed by an approved provider for equivalence to a Canadian degree)
  • Internationally educated professionals are eligible to pay a lower membership fee for their first year of membership in HRPA

The Certification Guide for Internationally Educated Professionals (PDF) should be used together with the requirements for the CHRP or the requirements for the CHRL which provide more detailed information about the certification process. Please visit the Regulation and HR Designations section of our website for more information or contact us at

Qualities of Successful IEPs

  • Self-confidence
  • Focus
  • Determination
  • Effective Communication
  • Knowledge
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Capacity for Work
  • Acceptance
  • Sociability
  • Patience
  • Future-orientation
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Human Resources Connections

Human Resources Connections is a seven-week employment  outcome program designed to integrate internationally trained human resources professionals into their field of expertise. The ACCES Employment model includes strong employer interaction, an academic curriculum delivered by Sheridan College focusing on Canadian context, mentoring opportunities, job placement, and post-hire supports.

More Information - IEP's (PDF)


 Important Links for IEPs

Bridging Programs
Employment Resources
Educational and Experiential Assessment
Language Assessments and Training
Community and Settlement Information
Social Networking